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    Question Help: Soot Level Indicator & Exhaust Filter Cleaning - New Owner

    I'm a new owner of a 4520m. The tractor comes with a soot level indicator on the display, and an automatic exhaust filer cleaning system. I've been slowly watching the soot level build up to the point that it is now reading 66% (only 25 hours on the tractor). The owner's manual says that the automatic system continuously cleans the exhaust filer, hence, I wouldn't think the soot level would get this high and continue to climb. Can anyone help me out here? There is little to no other information in the owner's manual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by masinvt View Post
    I'm a new owner of a 4520m. The tractor comes with a soot level indicator on the display, and an automatic exhaust filer cleaning system. I've been slowly watching the soot level build up to the point that it is now reading 66% (only 25 hours on the tractor). The owner's manual says that the automatic system continuously cleans the exhaust filer, hence, I wouldn't think the soot level would get this high and continue to climb. Can anyone help me out here? There is little to no other information in the owner's manual.

    I don't think you can say it continuously cleans the soot. What it will do is go into regen mode when the soot builds up enough. On my 4066R, it sets the rpms at 1500 for a few minutes until it cleans itself out and then drops down again. If you were mowing or something else that requires high rpms, you will not even know is is doing the regen thing. I have gone through 2 regens so far that I know about. I have over 100 hours so far. Now that I am mowing, it could happen and I would not even notice.

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    If you only use your tractor for short periods of time-and it sounds like you do, then the soot level will build faster since the engine never really gets up to operation temperature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    If you only use your tractor for short periods of time-and it sounds like you do, then the soot level will build faster since the engine never really gets up to operation temperature.
    66% is pretty high. I would question the dealer on how high it should get before regen. Could be something wrong. Especially if it has yet to go down. My VW regens every 5 or 600 miles I think. That is only 10 hours driving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Deere 1025R TLB View Post
    66% is pretty high. I would question the dealer on how high it should get before regen. Could be something wrong. Especially if it has yet to go down. My VW regens every 5 or 600 miles I think. That is only 10 hours driving.
    I would guess that it is 66% on the way to the next regen not that the DPF is 66% blocked. I would bet that once it reaches 100% it will regen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by felixm22 View Post
    I would guess that it is 66% on the way to the next regen not that the DPF is 66% blocked. I would bet that once it reaches 100% it will regen.


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    May be, but I would err on the side of caution. Doesn't hurt to ask. The VW reports plugging of the DPF, I believe, as once it reaches a certain percentage the DPF has to be replaced. Of course, Deere may have done it just the opposite.
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    If it doesn't regen on its own, it should tell you to do a manual regen. Does it have a switch for that?
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    My 3046r regent at 68% . 1500rpm for 30-40 mins


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lancealot View Post
    My 3046r regent at 68% . 1500rpm for 30-40 mins


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    Well it looks like my guess was wrong.


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    Idle time is what really builds up the soot level. Working it hard is much better for it. So try to avoid excessive idling. In the old days, we always let a diesel idle rather than shut it off for a short time. Now it is better to shut it off if unnecessary idling exceeds a couple of minutes or so.

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